Fourth teen arrested in Southwestern High stabbing

The Baltimore Sun

A fourth teenager was arrested yesterday by city police in connection with the stabbing Tuesday of a student at Baltimore's Southwestern High School.

Larry W. Stewart Jr., 16, of the 2900 block of Denham Circle South, was charged as an adult with conspiracy in an attempted murder, assault and possession of a handgun, and he was being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.

A fifth suspect - identified as Antoine Martin, 16, of the 800 block of Lyndhurst Ave. - remained at large yesterday. He has been charged in a warrant as an adult with first-degree assault and attempted murder, police said.

The victim, Paul Jones, 20, was attacked about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday outside the north side of the school. The stabbing was a result of "bad blood" between Jones and his assailants during a lunch-period dice game a day earlier on the parking lot of the school in the 200 block of Font Hill Ave., according to police and charging documents.

The three other students were arrested Wednesday and identified as Larry L. Spriggs, 18, of the 500 block of Hazlett St.; Robert McCormick, 17, of the 2100 block of Tucker Lane; and Robert L. Jones, 18, of the 500 block of S. Beechfield Ave. They were charged as adults with attempted first-degree murder, assault and gun possession.

The victim and the five suspects are students at Southwestern, police said.

According to charging documents, five teenagers confronted Paul Jones, and "a physical altercation ensued" in which the assailants "started striking [Paul Jones] about his body and face repeatedly with closed fist punches."

Paul Jones told police that one of the assailants turned to him and struck him in the chest, prompting him to ask his attacker, "What, you tried to stab me?" charging documents stated.

The victim walked back into school for treatment and was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said his 3-inch wound in the left chest was "just centimeters away from puncturing his heart."

The victim told police, according to charging documents, that one attacker had a gun and passed it among the assailants. Although gun charges were lodged against four of the suspects, Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said the gun had not been recovered.

Moses also said that detectives investigating the stabbing have asked that details regarding the gun not be divulged.

Sun reporter Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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